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The Gone-Away World

ENG2502: Text, Culture, Context (Science Fiction and Society)

Camilla Hoel

on 3 April 2014

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The Gone-Away World
Nick harkaway
(1972- )
ENG2502 "Science Fiction and Society"
April 3, 2014
Dr Camilla Ulleland Hoel
(post-) apocalyptic
End of the Cold War
Repetition of older patterns
Space opera
& dystopian
Brave New World (1936)
1984 (1949)
The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
Never Let Me Go (2005)
The Hunger Games (2008)
The Last Man (1826)
The Day of the Triffids (1951)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960)
The Road (2006)
Do Androids Dream of
Electric Sheep? (1968)
The Gone-Away World (2008)
Logan's Run (1967)
"It looked, for a moment, as if the Jorgmund Pipe was on fire — but that was like saying the sky was falling. The Pipe was the most solidly constructed, triple-redundant, safety-first, one-of-a-kind necessary object in the world" (3).
"Everyone in the Livable Zone was united in the desire to maintain and safeguard it" (3).
"we were looking at the end of the world -- again" (4)
"On the top of the Pipe, every few metres, there was a little nozzle spraying good, clean FOX into the sky; FOX, the magic potion which kept the part of the world we still had roughly the same shape day by day. No one quite knew where it came from or how you made it; most people imagined some big machine like an egg with all manner of wires and lights condensing it out of air and moonshine, and drip-drip-dripping it into big vats. There were thousands of them, somewhere, vulnerable and vital, and let them never stop." (8)
"Get more than twenty miles from the Pipe (...) and you were in the inimical no-man's-land between the Livable Zone and the bloody nightmare of the unreal world" (9)
"If we saw clouds on the horizon we didn't like, or strange folks, or animals which weren't quite right, we turned tail and ran back to the Pipe. People who lived in the Border didn't always stay people" (9)
“points in the Zone where you paid close attention to the people you saw in case they weren’t really people at all” (25).
"A type A pencilneck would be the kind of person to sign off on torture and push the nuclear button for no more pressing reason than that it was his job — or hers — and it seemed the next logical step” (15).
“Dick Washburn … is a type D pencilneck: a sassy wannabe paymaster with vestigial humanity. This makes him vastly less evil than a type B pencilneck (heartless bureaucratic machine, pro-class tennis) and somewhat less evil than a type C pencilneck (chortling lackey of the dehumanising system, ambient golf), but unquestionably more evil than pencilneck types M through E (real human screaming to escape a soul-devouring professional persona, varying degrees of desperation). No one I know has ever met the type A pencilneck, in much the same way as no one ever reports their own fatal accident; a type A pencilneck would be a person so entirely consumed by the mechanism in which he or she is employed that they had ceased to exist as a separate entity" (15).
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